Buying a used MacBook? Here is everything you need to know

Is your Apple computer old? There's nothing better than the feeling of upgrading, but it can be pricey! However, we have a solution… buying a second-hand Apple laptop is perfect if you want to cut the cost. You can even buy refurbished phones and refurbished iPhone models to save on your next phone upgrade – it's a win-win. 

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about buying a 2nd hand MacBook, including MacBook Air used or MacBook Pro used.

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Silver MacBook

What is a refurbished MacBook?

A second-hand Apple laptop is a device that has been used before but has been refurbished so it works and looks just like new. The only difference is the price! 

Refurbished devices are given conditions or grades so you know if the item has a little scuff or light signs of use. 

Choosing an Apple second-hand MacBook compared to buying new is also a great way to reduce e-waste and keep devices in use for much longer.

MacBook open on desk

Retailers vs private sellers

There are some cliches and stigmas regarding refurbished tech, but as long as you steer clear from private sellers and opt for an established retailer like musicMagpie, you'll get your hands on a quality device.

The main problem with buying a refurbished MacBook, phone, or pretty much any piece of tech from sites such as Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace is uncertainty that the product is what the seller says it is. Yes, sometimes you can grab a great deal, but you are taking a risk. 

Whereas if you buy an Apple second-hand MacBook from musicMagpie, we've already put it through extensive checks to make sure it's in working condition. To ease your mind, we grade our tech so you know exactly what you're getting. 

You'll even get a FREE 12-month warranty with all tech orders, so if there are any technical defects or faults caused by improper workmanship or materials, you're covered.  We even have a customer service team if you have any issues.

MacBook screen

Are MacBooks worth it?

There are three models of MacBook to choose from when deciding on the best MacBook Apple laptops. The choices are; MacBook Core, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

If you're looking for more than the standard laptop can provide or you already own a couple of Apple devices, then a MacBook is a great upgrade. A MacBook or second-hand iMac are perfect options for designing and working.

They're also lightweight, have varied storage sizes to choose from and are great for commuting or travelling. 

If you're on a stricter budget and only want minimal features then the MacBook Core and MacBook Air used would be better suited for you. You'll also need to look at slightly older models as the newest versions will always cost the most.

The MacBook Pro is always going to be more of a luxury MacBook which then comes with a premium price. You'll have access to more features and incredible performance but it does cost more. If you want the best MacBook offer, take a look at used MacBook Pros.

When buying used Apple MacBooks, you'll need to take into consideration that the storage and condition will affect the price. If you need large storage space then you will pay more. 

Our refurbished MacBook devices cost way less than new! Shop refurbished MacBook Air and second-hand MacBook Pro at the musicMagpie Store today. Plus, you can also trade in MacBook models for extra cash too.